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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period.

DATES:

Comments on this ICR should be received within 30 days of this notice.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, including the Information Collection Request Title, to the desk officer for HRSA, either by email to OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-5806.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, email the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at paperwork@hrsa.gov or call (301) 443-1984.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Information Collection Request Title: Combating Autism Act Initiative Evaluation OMB No. 0915-0335 [Revision].

Abstract: In response to the growing need for research and resources devoted to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD), the U.S. Congress passed the Combating Autism Act (CAA) in 2006. The Act included funding for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to increase awareness, reduce barriers to screening and diagnosis, promote evidence-based interventions, and train health care professionals to screen for, diagnose or rule out, and provide evidence-based interventions for ASD and other DD. In 2011, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) was signed into law, reauthorizing funding for the CAA's programs for an additional 3 years at the existing funding levels. Through the CARA, HRSA is tasked with increasing awareness of ASD and other DD, reducing barriers to screening and diagnosis, promoting evidence-based interventions, and training health care professionals in the use of valid and reliable screening and diagnostic tools.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: HRSA's activities under the CARA legislation are delegated to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), which is implementing the Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) in response to the legislative mandate. The purpose of this evaluation is to design and implement an evaluation to assess the effectiveness of MCHB's activities in meeting the goals and objectives of the CAAI and to provide sufficient data to inform MCHB and the Congress as to the utility of the grant programs funded under the Initiative. The evaluation will focus on indicators related to: (1) Increasing awareness of ASD and other DD among health care providers, other MCH professionals, and the general public; (2) reducing barriers to screening and diagnosis; (3) supporting research on evidence-based interventions; (4) promoting the Start Printed Page 75357development of evidence-based guidelines and tested/validated intervention tools; (5) training professionals; and (6) building capacity for systems of services in states.

Likely Respondents: Grantees funded by HRSA under the CAAI will be the respondents for this data collection activity. The programs to be evaluated are listed below.

1. Training Programs

  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training programs with forty-three grantees;
  • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training programs with ten grantees; and
  • A National Combating Autism Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center grantee.

2. Research Networks Program

  • Three Autism Intervention Research Networks that focus on intervention research, guideline development, and information dissemination; and
  • 20 R40 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Autism Intervention Research Program grantees that support research on evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other DD.

3. State Implementation Program Grants for Improving Services for Children and Youth With ASD and Other DD

  • Nine grantees will implement state autism plans and develop models for improving the system of care for children and youth with ASD and other DD;
  • Four grantees will design state plans for improving the system for children and youth with ASD and other DDs; and
  • A State Public Health Coordinating Resource Center grantee.

The data gathered through this evaluation will be used to:

  • Evaluate the grantees' performance in achieving the objectives of the CAAI during the three year grant period;
  • Assess the short- and intermediate-term impacts of the grant programs on children and families affected by ASD and other DD; and
  • Measure the CAAI outputs and outcomes for the Report to Congress.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours

Grant program/form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
LEND interview Protocol43143143
DBP Interview Protocol10110110
State Implementation Program Interview Protocol 113113113
State Implementation Program Questionnaire13113.759.75
Research Network Interview Protocol31313
Research Program R40 Interview Protocol20120120
Research Network Questionnaire31339
Resource Centers Interview Protocol21212
Total107107109.75
1 Although a total of 22 state grants have been awarded to date, states that were awarded grants in 2008 and 2009 were interviewed during the previous evaluation. We are seeking clearance to interview only the 13 states that were awarded grants in 2011.
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Dated: December 5, 2013.

Bahar Niakan,

Director, Division of Policy and Information Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 2013-29509 Filed 12-10-13; 8:45 am]

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